If you have a well-established lawn, then chances are you want to keep it healthy and looking great throughout the four seasons. Instead of spending countless tedious hours manually watering your lawn, dragging hoses everywhere, and worrying about what will happen while you are away on vacation, you should consider an automated irrigation system. However, if a fear of damaging your lawn via the installation process is holding you back, then there are a few things that you need to know.
Steps To Avoid Lawn Damage During Irrigation System Installation
There are a few precautionary steps that you can take to mitigate damaging your lawn during an irrigation system installation.
1. Consider the time of year.
Early spring and fall are the perfect times to install an automated irrigation system. During these seasons the soil has a higher moisture content, which makes digging and restoration processes significantly easier. Additionally, the higher moisture content often means that the soil is healthier and ready to grow new grass in abundance.
2.Make sure that the type of equipment used matches your specific lawn requirements.
A trencher and plow (or vibratory plow) are typically used to install an irrigation system. Both types of equipment have their pros and cons; however, the vibratory plow tends to be less destructive to the surface of the lawn. Make sure that you speak with an irrigation expert before you begin to dig.
3. Set aside established grass and sod should be carefully set aside.
If you have established grass or sod, there is no reason that it should be damaged when you install an irrigation system. Ask your chosen irrigation expert to carefully set the grass or sod aside. During the excavation process, the dirt should be set aside on a piece of plywood or tarp, which will make the burial process much easier and cleaner. After the installation is complete, left over dirt should be buried or carried away, so that the sod and grass can be gently replanted.
4. Make sure that you soak the entire lawn afterwards.
After your automated irrigation system has been installed, it is a great idea to thoroughly soak the entire lawn. The additional water will help new seed take root, and it will minimize any additional stress to the lawn.
With these helpful tips in mind, your lawn can be protected while you install a convenient automated irrigation system. To learn more about irrigation installation tips, or for help choosing the perfect system for your lawn, contact a member of W.P. Law today!